According to a recent report by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, a total of 28 counties and cities in the region have criminalized the possession and sale of kratom. This initiative has been led by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) and a Columbus-area anti-kratom group.
Argument against Kratom
A spokesman for the MBN said the agency believes kratom is linked to 12 deaths in the state, in the following counties:
However, most of the deaths MBN claims as kratom-linked also involved other drugs. So it is difficult for the MBN to claim kratom as cause of death, similar to previous data issued by the FDA, which scientists have already claimed as misleading data.
Arguments for Kratom
Supporters of kratom say it provides safe, non-addictive pain relief and can also combat anxiety disorders. Some kratom users also say it manages the withdrawal symptoms of potent opiate drugs. In fact, when the DEA opened up their page for public comments to learn more about kratom, over 22,000 messages and testimonials were posted on the site.
Results: 99.1% (16,754) want kratom to remain legal; 0.4% (74) are neutral, and 0.4% (72) want kratom banned.’
However, despite never haven taken kratom, Mississippian law enforcement officers has described kratom as addictive and dangerous.
What can you do to influence legality outcomes and stay up-to-date with political agendas?
- Stay connected: Get together and organize a community. Do it through reddit and other forums.
- Stay up-to-date: Stay on top of committee meetings/citizen input. Post on reddit and other forums.
- Attend forums/meetings: Call the media (and do prior research!) to attend forums/meetings. For example, there is a public board meeting on May 20 at 300 Main St. in Tupelo.
- Email with politicians: Send emails to your municipal/state representatives.
- Be polite and warm: Stay cordial with these politicians – whether through email or in-person.
- Do your research: Remember, you are representing the kratom community, so look professional in all your encounters. Have notes and facts ready when you speak.
Disclaimer: This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.